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Why should you microchip your pet?


If you have ever lost your pet you will know just how worrying it can be and understand the importance of making sure that they are properly identified so that, when found, they can be returned to you as quickly as possible.


Bayer state that nearly 1000 pets go missing every day in the UK.


As a dog owner, you also have a legal requirement to ensure that your pet is under control and is properly identified with suitable collar and tag. In some cases, these can become lost, so a microchip is vital as the permanent form of identification which will be in place for life. Collars on cats can also come off and some owners choose not to put them on because of the risk of injury.


Microchipping is the most effective way of identifying a lost pet, it is a safe and permanent method of identification. The microchip is the size of a grain of rice and the procedure, which is carried out by a vet, vet nurse or trained microchip implanter, takes only a few minutes and lasts a lifetime. The microchip is inserted under the pets’ skin between the shoulder blades for cats, dogs and rabbits with a dedicated device called an implanter which has a sterile needle.  It shouldn’t be any more painful than a standard injection. Your pet won’t be aware of the chip once it is in place.

Each microchip has a unique 15 digit number which is stored on a national database. A scan of the chip reveals your name and address from the database's records. When a missing pet is found, the police, dog warden, a vet or other animal professionals will scan the pet revealing the microchip's unique 15 digit code, contact can then be made with the microchip database your pet is registered with. The customer care staff will perform some security checks before releasing contact details to the animal professional - so that your pet can be reunited. It is important to remember that this can only remain effective if the contact details are up to date, it is your responsibility to update this when necessary, a small fee is applied for this.


The Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2014 legislation comes into force from the 6th of April 2016 and from this date all dogs must be microchipped and registered to an approved database by the time they are 8 weeks old. Owners will be required to keep their contact details up to date on the microchip databases and if a dog is to be sold or rehomed the details of any new owner must be registered beforehand.


Abbey House uses Tracer Advance microchips produced by Bayer and the details are registered to Petlog. Petlog is managed by the Kennel Club and is the largest independent database in the UK and they have a 24/7 support for owners of missing pets, giving clients peace of mind that your pet has the best possible chance of being returned should they go missing. 



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